Threats induced by Invasive Alien Species are nowadays considered a major global menace, even worse than that induced by pollution from human origin. They are also a concern for EU countries, where prevention of their introduction and control of dispersal are key targets of the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2020, together with specific legislation (Council Regulation 1143/2014 on IAS).

On the project’s intervention área, many exotic species with invasive character have been identified, not all of which recognized as priority for intervention at national level. From the existing universe, and by recognizing them as a concrete conservation threat to a good Ecological Status of riparian woods, the project focuses on controlling/eradicating all individuals from species like mimosa (Acacia dealbata), tree of heaven (Ailanthus altissima), giant cane (Arundo donax) and pokeweed (Phytolacca americana). Once identified, all of these will be the target of initial control, along the works of action B4, by using best practice methods (mechanical and/or chemical) that have been tested and proved successful under other LIFE projects. For the post-project, the needed continuing control works are expected to be identified/detailed on the “after LIFE Plan”.